Press Release

Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame Inducts Rotorcraft Engineer

MEDIA ADVISORY  November 5, 2012

Melissa Corley
301 405 6501

WHAT: The A. James Clark School of Engineering inducts its 2012 honoree into the Innovation Hall of Fame, which celebrates technological innovations by Clark School alumni, faculty and friends and serves as an inspiration to students. Past members pioneered such technologies as the universal product code (bar code), pulse Doppler radar, the flexible coronary artery stent, the Prius hybrid drivetrain and the technology that made satellite radio possible.

WHO: Ashish Bagai, ’90, ’92, ’95, helped design and build the Sikorsky X2 TechnologyTM (X2) demonstrator aircraft—a coaxial-rotor, compound helicopter that flew 100 mph faster than current production models. Bagai was responsible for the aerodynamic design of the aircraft’s main rotor blades, a key element in its success. Technologies from the X2 will change the way helicopters operate, delivering higher speeds and radically improved performance in medical, search and rescue and military applications while maintaining the efficient hovering and low-speed attributes of conventional rotary-wing aircraft. The X2 earned Bagai and his team at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2011—one of aviation’s highest honors.

WHEN: November 8, 2012
4:30 to 5 p.m.
To be immediately followed by the Charles & Helen White Symposium on Engineering Innovation
WHERE: Kim Engineering Building Innovation Hall of Fame
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland College Park Campus, College Park, MD 20742.